May Day events for trade unionists and climate activists


May Day weekend events


A family-friendly weekend festival May Day for the Planet Friday-Monday, with events themed around the climate crisis.

Saturday 30th April


March and festival for Peace and Climate Justice - assemble 12pm Plymouth Guildhall, followed by a climate festival with live music, stalls and speakers at the Leadworks, Rendle Street PL1. Details


March and Rally, with the theme 'Fighting for a Sustainable Future'. Assemble from 11am, City Hall Facebook event


Assemble Dalton Square, 11.30. March with music at 12pm, 1pm, rally Dalton Square.

Sunday 1st May


Assemble Clerkenwell Green from 12pm, march leaves 1pm. Rally in Trafalgar Square from 2.30pm. Climate bloc meeting outside Marx Memorial Library, Facebook event


Assemble at 11:15am in St Peter's Square, march at 11:30am to Sackville Gardens for 1pm for the festival of speeches, live music, food, drink and stalls. Bring banners, flags, family, workmates and friends. Or join the RMT Trans Pennine Express pickets at Piccadilly Fairfield Street from 9am onwards, marching at 11am to join the May Day crowd in St Peter's Square.


Rally for a Just Transition, 11am Kingsmead Square. Speakers, activities for children, music. Then from 1pm at The Bell, Walcot Street: Seize the Day performing live; Syrian veggie and vegan buffet.

Monday 2nd May


May Day march and rally from noon, meeting in Bexley Square to march to Sacred Trinity Church.


May Day People's Festival: debates, music and art, 12-5, United Reform Church, Lowestoft Road North NR32 1HB

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With Banners Held High 

With Banners Held High is an annual celebration of the trade union movement, first held on the 30th anniversary of the ending of the miners' strike.

Online events

Tues 3rd 7-8.30: Eco Education: teaching for zero carbon futures
Thurs 5th 7-8.30: Tackling Fuel Poverty through retrofitting: let's start in Yorkshire
Sat 7th 10.30-12.30: Generating energy for a green future
Mon 9th 7-8.30: Recycling, repair and re-engineering: industrial processes for the circular economy
Wed 11th 7-8.30: Global Climate Justice: union solidarity with the global majority
Thurs 12th 7-8.30: Transport: how to put the public in public transport

In-person - Sat 14th May

With Banners Held High will be back on the streets of Wakefield this year. Come along with your banners, your flags and your placards and celebrate our history and plan for a green future.
Assemble on Smyth Street from 10:45am, setting off at 11:30am, and arriving at Wood Street around 12:00pm. 
Two workshops in the afternoon
1.15-2.45: Building Climate Jobs for our Future - Question Time
2.30-4: Resistance is Duty: We will not be silenced

Other events coming up

Sat 7th May Bristol Climate Summit

Sun 15th May: Manchester Climate Summit (hybrid event)


Photo from London May Day event, 2021, credit Socialist Appeal